What's new: The combination of Tostitos Fiesta Bowl activities and a rigorous workout in full pads had Nebraska's players dragging a bit Tuesday. The Huskers had to get up at 6:15 a.m. to attend a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast, and then went through a two-hour practice in the afternoon at Scottsdale Community College. "I thought they responded well, but it (energy level) isn't there yet," Nebraska Coach Frank Solich said. "It will be there. There's been a lot of activity and different hours for the players, and some of that kind of takes a toll." Said split end Matt Davison: "We're all worn out a bit. We've been getting after it in practice here and back in Lincoln. But that's good. Through the next few days, we'll get our legs under us and we'll be ready for the game."
Who's hurting: I-back Correll Buckhalter (turf toe) and tight end Tracey Wistrom (knee) practiced for the second straight day. Buckhalter made it through the entire workout, but Wistrom could not complete practice, casting doubts on his availability for Sunday's game against Tennessee, Solich said.
Worth noting: Nebraska's players will have to keep any New Year's Eve celebrations low key as there will be an 11 p.m. curfew for them Friday night. Dave Ellis, the Huskers' coordinator of performance nutrition, said it will be important for the players to get a good rest Friday night since many players experience anxiety the night before the game, which can lead to restless nights. Said Solich: "This probably won't be one of their better New Year's Eves. A lot of times, two days before the game is an important day to get off your feet and get some rest."
Worth quoting: "If the world ends, it looks like we won't be playing football." - Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch, when asked if he's lost any sleep over concerns about Y2K and the new millennium.
What's next: Nebraska will begin cutting back its workload, practicing in half pads today.